10 RUNNING TIPS FOR BEGINNERS
1: Be a minute girl instead of a mile girl, build up your training in minutes rather than trying to run miles.
2: Do invest in a good pair of trainers.
3: Start with intervals of walking and slowly build up to running.
4: Have a plan, schedule your training, and set a goal race, beginners should aim to do a 5k in 6 weeks.
5: Relax your hands and imagine you’re cupping a butterfly , as that takes less energy and stops any neck stress or tension.
6: Apply the two R’s – always relax when you are running and find your comfortable rhythm. When you’re running, make sure you keep doing a check and think, rhythm, relax, rhythm, relax.
7: Keep fully hydrated as this gives you more energy and helps make running feel easier.
8: Take the “talk test” means running at a pace comfortable enough to have a light conversation, if you are running too hard and can’t talk then this is too hard, equally if you can sing at the top of your voice you need to speed up a little.
9: When running, make sure you relax your jaw, and don’t bunch up your shoulders and occasionally shake out your hands and arms to stay relaxed.
10: Double-knot your shoe laces, as you don’t want to be stopping and tying if they become loose.